Doug Goodwin 1924-2006

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Doug Goodwin, long-standing member of Tasmania’s Australopers club and its club treasurer for many years, died recently as the result of a cycling accident. Doug truly personified the orienteering ideal of a “sport for life”, and was a regular at local events after taking up the sport in 1978 with wife Hilary and children Sarah and Paul. Doug also introduced orienteering to many children at the Princes Street primary school in Hobart, where he helped with the reading programme. Doug was generally the first competitor at events in Tasmania, and he gave organisers a great incentive to have everything set up before he arrived. Although I don’t think I ever succeeded in being fully prepared before Doug arrived, he always generously helped with last-minute preparations. In 2005, Doug won the M80 class at the Australian long course championships at St Helens, an achievement that gave him great satisfaction. Doug was once asked if he would like to try lawn bowls – his (less than tactful) response was “No, not while I’m still active”. He never got to take up bowls.